Love and the Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes's Critique of Platonic Eros

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Title Love and the Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes's Critique of Platonic Eros
Author Patapan, Haig; Sikkenga, Jeffrey
Journal Name Political Theory
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Thousand Oaks California US
Publisher Sage
Abstract Hobbes' understanding of love, and its significance for his political thought, has received insufficient attention. This article contends that Hobbes has a consistent and comprehensive teaching on love that directly repudiates what he regards as the Platonic teaching on eros. In attacking the Platonic idea of eros, Hobbes undermines a pillar of classical political philosophy and articulates a significant aspect of his new understanding of the passions in terms of power, which is itself a critical part of his new political science most famously presented in Leviathan.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 SAGE Publications. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 36
Issue Number 6
Page from 803
Page to 826
ISSN 009-05917
Date Accessioned 2008-11-25
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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